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Environment
4:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

EPA Sites Asarco For Toxic Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Asarco copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona, has been continuously emitting illegal amounts of lead, arsenic and eight other dangerous toxins, for the last six years. The agency's finding means Asarco could face millions of dollars in fines and could be forced to install expensive pollution controls. The EPA disclosed the action last week to NPR and the Center for Public Integrity, which were jointly investigating toxic air pollution in the town.

Strange News
8:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Obama Insured Against A Crocodile Attack

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. President Obama has one less thing to worry about, thanks to an Australian insurance company. On his visit down under, he's insured against a crocodile attack. When he gets to the city of Darwin, he'll be presented with a $51,000 policy. Now, it's not the first time locals have instituted extra measures to protect the American president. When Mr. Obama visited India, crews trimmed coconuts off the trees to ensure none fell on his head. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Business
7:40 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Petition Asks Target To Open Later On Black Friday

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Business
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

PETA Criticizes Nintendo's 'Super Mario 3D Land'

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:27 am

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And our last word in business today is save the tanooki.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is attacking Nintendo's new video game "Super Mario 3-D Land." In the game, Super Mario sometimes wears the skin of a tanooki, which is a raccoon dog. Steve, you may have to finish...

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Oh no, come, no, no. It's fine. Come on, it's a raccoon dog. It's a nice animal.

MONTAGNE: Very sweet...

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Debt Reduction Committee's Deadline Is 1 Week Away

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:02 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning.

Let's remember a bit of very recent history. Back in August, Congress came close to defaulting on U.S. government debts. Republicans wanted big cuts in spending. They finally got some, but a deal with President Obama pushed more deficit reductions off to the future, to a bipartisan committee which has been meeting this fall, and now has one week left until its deadline to reach a deal.

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Election 2012
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Perry Plan Would Make Big Changes To Washington

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 7:11 am

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls, but Rick Perry is back in the spotlight after some proposals he made in Iowa yesterday. The Texas governor wants Congress to take a 50 percent pay cut, as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul the government.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Asia
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

President Obama Travels To Australia

Australia is the latest stop on President Obama's tour of the Pacific Rim countries that the president thinks should be the new focus of U.S. foreign policy. It is already the focus of a competition for influence with China.

Afghanistan
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Afghan Council To Consider Framework For U.S. Partnership

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Business
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Business News

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Today, Chrysler is expected to announce plans to add more than 1,000 jobs at an assembly plant in Ohio. Local officials there have reportedly signed off on tax incentives for the plant expansion in Toledo. It's where Chrysler makes the Jeep Liberty and Wrangler.

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Business
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

House Panel Votes To End Fannie, Freddie Bonuses

The House Financial Services Committee voted on Wednesday to suspend nearly $13 million in bonuses paid to executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The measure would also prohibit future bonuses. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation.

Business
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Olympus Scandal Could Hasten Disclosure Changes

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:20 am

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And here's a follow-up to the dramatic scandal at Olympus, which we've been following on this program. It's one of Japan's most respected corporations - or it was. Now executives Olympus are facing criminal charges and prison sentences. The company may be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and may also go bankrupt. All this after revelations of dubious acquisitions and allegations of massive accounting fraud. From Tokyo, Lucy Craft has more.

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Politics
12:01 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Keynes' Consuming Ideas On Economic Intervention

The ideas of John Maynard Keynes, seen here around 1940, had great influence over the economic policies that followed the Great Depression and World War II.
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The last in a three-part series on thinkers who have had a lasting influence on economic policymakers. Other stories featured Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek.

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NPR Story
11:31 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Occupy Demonstrators Upset By Camp Clearings

Police officers removed Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in New York City early Tuesday morning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the operation took place at night to "reduce the risk of confrontation." But clashes erupted and about 70 people were arrested.

Around the Nation
8:02 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Protesters Evicted While New York Park Is Cleaned

Police temporarily cleared Zuccotti Park early Tuesday so that sanitation crews could clean the site Occupy Wall Street protesters have inhabited for two months. About 70 protesters were arrested including some who chained themselves together.

History
7:36 am
Tue November 15, 2011

WWI: France Hoped Fake Paris Would Fool Germany

Veterans Day was last week, and with it came a reminder of a World War 1 strategy. Britain's Daily Telegraph reported on the fake city France was creating in hopes German bombs wouldn't hit the real Paris. The sham city was never finished because the war ended.

Around the Nation
7:18 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Boise Streaker Picks Wrong Path To Elude Police

Police say a man in Boise, Idaho, went running naked through a park. Police gave chase. When they caught up to him, the naked man had become entangled in the barbed wire on top of a fence.

Business
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

FHA To Issue Annual Report

The Federal Housing Administration today issues its annual report to Congress. A Wharton School professor is warning the FHA's problems are worse than the agency is letting on. The professor predicts that taxpayers will have to provide another multi billion dollar bailout if the economy doesn't improve soon.

Business
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

'Batman' Video Game Aims To Get Your Money 2 Times

The video game "Batman: Arkham City" is one of the hottest titles of the year. Its publisher, Warner Brothers, has found several ways to make extra money from its sales. Renee Montagne talks to Kill Screen Magazine co-founder Jamin Warren about the industry's creative business models.

Business
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Occupy LA Divides Protesters, Homeless

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:39 am

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The Occupy camp in Los Angeles has become something of a microcosm of the city. Some differences are showing among people who call themselves the 99 Percent, homeless people clustered in an area called Skid Row. You find protesters with jobs in an area dubbed Westwood, an affluent community near UCLA. Gloria Hillard reports.

GLORIA HILLARD, BYLINE: Rain the night before has given way to a crisp and clear Los Angeles morning. Shelly Moss pulls a crocheted maroon sweater over her blond hair and adjusts her glasses.

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Business
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Business News

The Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico says it will shift its route. Monday's announcement came after President Obama said he would delay a decision to approve the $7 billion project. Nebraska residents were concerned about the pipeline running through an environmentally sensitive area, and possibly contaminating water supplies.

Economy
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

What, If Anything, Will Speed Economic Recovery?

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:39 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. After all the economic news of the past several years, one big question remains unanswered. That question is: How do we finally get out of this?

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Sports
4:00 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Hopes Dim For NBA Season: Players Reject Offer

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:39 am

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The pro basketball season had been getting canceled a couple of weeks at a time, but now the entire season could be lost. Players rejected last night what the owners said was their best offer. And the players made a dramatic move as well. They actually disbanded as a union. We're going to talk about this with NPR's Mike Pesca. He joins us from the studios of our member station WBUR in Boston.

Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: Hope WBUR is taking good care of you up there.

PESCA: They are.

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Music Interviews
1:45 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Childish Gambino Is Trying To Be A Grown-Up

Donald Glover onstage as Childish Gambino at Bonnaroo this summer.
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Donald Glover is a truly multifaceted talent. He is a stand-up comedian. He has written for the NBC show 30 Rock and Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and has attracted significant attention for his role on the NBC show Community. As if that weren't enough, he also raps under the moniker Childish Gambino, and has just released a new album called Camp.

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Around the Nation
7:33 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Mayor Uses Pen Name To Report City's Good News

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:37 am

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Around the Nation
7:22 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Hawaiian Singer Stages One-Man Occupy Protest

The artist Makana was performing for President Obama and leaders of nations bordering the Pacific who were meeting in Honolulu. The singer opened his jacket to reveal an "Occupy with Aloha" T-shirt. And then launched into a protest song. Makana said the song did attract stares. Still, the Obamas appeared too busy with guests to notice.

Photography
4:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Bangladeshi Photographer Wants To Change How You See His Country

Steve Inskeep talks to Shahidul Alam. The former chemist became a photographer because he was tired of seeing images of the developing world through the lens of Western photographers. He now runs an art gallery, a photo agency and a school of photojournalism in Bangladesh. He recently published a book of stunning photographs called, "My Life as a Witness."

Asia
4:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Summit; Free Trade In Asia-Pacific Vital To Recovery

President Obama has a low-key day in Hawaii Monday, before he flies to Australia and Indonesia. His weekend was full of diplomatic meetings at a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders. The president believes the U.S. has not paid enough attention to that region over the last decade. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, he's promising to devote more resources the Pacific Rim.

Analysis
4:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Obama Sends Signals To Debt Committee To Act

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 6:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And as Ari said just a moment ago, President Obama will be back in Washington just before that supercommittee's deadline. Before the president left for Hawaii, he picked up the phone and made calls to both the Democratic and Republican chairs of the group.

To talk about that and more, let's turn now to NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

MONTAGNE: Let's start with what those phone calls were about.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Penn State Update

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 6:39 am

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